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Calif. woman apparently burned by rocks in pocket
Associated Press ^ | May 17, 2012

Posted on 05/16/2012 11:33:31 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) — A woman suffered third-degree burns after what appeared to be the spontaneous combustion of rocks that had been scooped up from a Southern California beach, a fire official said.

The 43-year-old woman's children collected the rocks Saturday at San Clemente Beach, and she tucked them into the pocket of her shorts, according to the Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/JuVv9L ).

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1 posted on 05/16/2012 11:33:36 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Weird. Can you imagine finding nice little rocks on the beach, and packing them in your suitcase for the flight back home.


2 posted on 05/16/2012 11:41:32 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Unreal.


3 posted on 05/16/2012 11:42:34 PM PDT by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wow. Third-degree?

Yikes.


4 posted on 05/16/2012 11:47:56 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

No such thing as “spontaneous combustion”...


5 posted on 05/16/2012 11:57:07 PM PDT by TheBattman (Isn't the lesser evil... still evil?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hmm. I’m neither a geologist nor a chemist, but I’m wondering if they found something other than actual rocks. One of the comments on the story suggested crystalized byproducts of chemical manufacturing (well, the guy said explosives, but I’m thinking a bit broader than that). I have no earthly idea why a highly combustible chemical compound would be on a California beach, but it might explain the ignition and difficulty in putting it out.

Either way, weird story. Hope the lady recovers soon.


6 posted on 05/17/2012 12:02:07 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: TheBattman

Sure there is. Magnesium and phosphate. Mix the two together in the open air and they ignite. It’s what tracer rounds are made of.


7 posted on 05/17/2012 12:03:42 AM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The rocks in her shorts are nothing compared to the rocks in her head.


8 posted on 05/17/2012 12:06:51 AM PDT by Rocky (Obama is pure evil)
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To: DemforBush

“...if they found something other than actual rocks”

Hmm. Would also be perhaps why they picked them too. Why grab an ordinary rock when you can grab a “rock” with all sorts of cool yellow and white and green crystals.


9 posted on 05/17/2012 12:07:22 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: DemforBush

When I first read this, I thought magnesium was involved (magnesium shavings used as kindling can burn very hot).


10 posted on 05/17/2012 12:07:38 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: 21twelve; DemforBush

Oh - and the burns may have been caustic or acid “burns” - and not a “pants on fire” burn.


11 posted on 05/17/2012 12:08:34 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m gonna guess “shake and bake” + coverup. BTW, did you see Kirby Wilson is back with the Steelers? Well, glad he’s doing well.


12 posted on 05/17/2012 12:09:52 AM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Liar, liar, pants on fire!


13 posted on 05/17/2012 12:11:10 AM PDT by Defiant (If there are infinite parallel universes, why Lord, am I living in the one with Obama as President?)
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To: 21twelve

Dang - I really should read the articles first - her pants DID catch on fire. Although I was partly right on the rocks - smooth, orange and green in color.


14 posted on 05/17/2012 12:11:15 AM PDT by 21twelve
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Something doesn’t add up here. I smell BS.


15 posted on 05/17/2012 12:32:13 AM PDT by lmr
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Thats so sad. Poor Women. But the authority must take quick action and investigate this issue. But 1 question remained unanswered how the rock caught fire?


16 posted on 05/17/2012 12:47:06 AM PDT by deang
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To: lmr
Those couldn't be crack rocks could they?

I don't know crap about chemistry.

17 posted on 05/17/2012 12:49:08 AM PDT by Cheapskate (Play loud and carry BIG sticks!)
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To: lmr
>”Something doesn’t add up here. I smell BS”<

More like smelling burnt Pubic Hair.

18 posted on 05/17/2012 12:50:58 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

San Clemente Beach is the next beach north of Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Station. Camp pendleton is a major marine training facility and they have practice beach landings.

After some of the winter storms you can usually walk the area beaches and find some of their flotsam jetsam washed ashore. Things like MRE’s, Medical kits and the like.


19 posted on 05/17/2012 1:06:18 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What? No lava rock jokes?

20 posted on 05/17/2012 1:06:29 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Usagi_yo
After some of the winter storms you can usually walk the area beaches and find some of their flotsam jetsam washed ashore. Things like MRE’s, Medical kits and the like.

Just wait until that mass of stuff from Japan finally gets here.

21 posted on 05/17/2012 1:11:10 AM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Cheapskate

I think they’re called “cop rocks”- used by the police when they give you the third degree.


22 posted on 05/17/2012 1:32:29 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Pocket rock -ets!


23 posted on 05/17/2012 1:52:26 AM PDT by Nooseman (mutt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

24 posted on 05/17/2012 1:57:06 AM PDT by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Usagi_yo

so you think it was just them mre warmers? at any rate you blame the military.


25 posted on 05/17/2012 1:57:18 AM PDT by Nooseman (mutt)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Are those rocks in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?

ohhhhh hot damn! lol


26 posted on 05/17/2012 1:58:34 AM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Methane hydrates form under the sea but I don’t think they would be stable enough to exit very long as pebbles on a beach. Perhaps dome caustic material dumped at sea came in on the tides.


27 posted on 05/17/2012 2:52:54 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: dr_lew
Can you believe they ingest that stuff? Even when they know what it's made of?

They need a long stay at the funny farm, or a free lifetime supply.
Their lifetimes are not very long anyway.

Why jack up the cost with a black market? So they have to burn, loot, and pillage to get it?
Make it legal, cheap, and readily available, and the criminality to obtain it vanishes.

28 posted on 05/17/2012 2:54:13 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: mkjessup

Boy, one sure hopes she could quickly get her rocks off.


29 posted on 05/17/2012 3:12:07 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (The parallels of elected dictator Hugo Chavez & his incremental socialism--to Obama--is creepy!)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Hot Pants ... finally back in style!

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorts

30 posted on 05/17/2012 3:15:38 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (So, Scalia, Alito, Thomas, and Roberts can't figure out if Obama is a Natural Born Citizen?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
The key to the puzzle is that she found the "rocks" off San Clemente Beach, just north of Camp Pendleton. Chances are, she picked up crusted over felt wedges from a fired white phosphorus artillery round.

The felt wedges are soaked with white phosphorus and ignite when the round opens and they are exposed to air, producing the dense white smoke used for screening and marking targets. Felt wedges often crust over, sealing some of the remaining white phosphorus until some uninformed individual picks one up or steps on it (as I did once: set my boots on fire).

WP is nasty stuff and produced deep and painful burns. Have to be careful what you pick up near training bases.

31 posted on 05/17/2012 3:16:58 AM PDT by Chainmail
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To: Theoria

Mabe the rocks were escapees from a lava lamp.


32 posted on 05/17/2012 3:19:29 AM PDT by Pecos (In God we trust. All others - bring data.)
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To: Nooseman

I don’t like the attitude of “so you blame the military”. No I don’t blame the military but there sure are plenty of reasons to be suspicious about it.

It’s innocent until proven guilty, not beyond suspicion until proven guilty.


33 posted on 05/17/2012 3:29:29 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: TheBattman

White phosphorus will ignite when it dries out. As long as it is wet it’s fairly safe.


34 posted on 05/17/2012 3:36:43 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink)
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To: mkjessup

Awww...you beat me to it. LOL!


35 posted on 05/17/2012 3:39:50 AM PDT by MagnoliaB
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Rocks spontaneous combusting? ........ BS
36 posted on 05/17/2012 3:50:44 AM PDT by wesagain (The God (Elohim) of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the One True GOD.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

In another story a man on the beach cooking hot dogs said some kids came along and stole the charcoal from his habachi.


37 posted on 05/17/2012 4:10:34 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: thecodont
When I first read this, I thought magnesium was involved (magnesium shavings used as kindling can burn very hot).

nd sodium takes off if it hits moisture. Carbide and water = acetylene. I used to make hydrogen by putting aluminum foil in a container with water and lye - it generates a lot of heat. Lots of potential reactions to provide a combustible environment.

38 posted on 05/17/2012 5:28:03 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Nooseman
Pocket rock -ets!

Henri is not amused.

39 posted on 05/17/2012 5:40:29 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Theoria

Are those the actual rocks in question in your picture?


40 posted on 05/17/2012 8:31:29 AM PDT by battousai (Conservatives are racist? YES, I hate stupid white liberals.)
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To: battousai

yeah.


41 posted on 05/17/2012 10:26:44 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I was is Disney World and had two or three batteries in my pocket. Every time I made a purchase I put my change in my pocket. A couple hours later my leg was practically on fire. The plastic melted off of the batteries they became so hot.


42 posted on 05/17/2012 8:16:24 PM PDT by killermosquito (Buffalo, Detroit (and eventually France) is what you get when liberalism runs its course.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..
o/~ I've got something in my pocket... o/~


43 posted on 05/17/2012 10:05:13 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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44 posted on 05/18/2012 1:10:17 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

His haircut?

Yup. Ancient aliens.


45 posted on 05/18/2012 5:30:18 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Somebody actually made ones that said that.

:D

https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=992&q=my+hair+ancient+aliens&gbv=2&oq=my+hair+ancient+aliens&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_l=img.12...1346.10545.0.13841.22.10.0.12.1.0.191.809.9j1.10.0...0.0.WwpLe7imtSQ


46 posted on 05/18/2012 5:42:10 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
The steady follicular descent into madness:


47 posted on 05/18/2012 5:47:11 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

9PM tonight, History Channel!


48 posted on 05/18/2012 5:49:29 PM PDT by Salamander (Holy muscle of love.....I got a muscle of love.)
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To: Salamander

*chuckle* I should’ve known.


49 posted on 05/18/2012 6:47:09 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Salamander

Methinks the Martian mind control ray needs a little work.


50 posted on 05/18/2012 6:48:59 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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